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Catch-22 - Study Guide Chapter 7 "McWatt" Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 7 "McWatt" Summary

Doc Daneeka gives Yossarian a note entitling him to all the fruit and juice that he wants, something which capitalist Milo Minderbinder, who fears being undersold by Yossarian and his abundant fruit supply, finds distressing. Yossarian routinely takes advantage of Doc's letter to commandeer a large quantity of the incoming fruit, which he then gives away to whomever. Milo borrows a box of dates from Yossarian to trick a thief into returning one quarter of McWatt's stolen bed sheet.

Chapter 7 "McWatt" Analysis

This chapter is satirical of capitalism. Yossarian's note demonstrates how easily the system is manipulated. Milo, meanwhile, who claims to follow a strict code of capitalist ethics, has no problem swindling someone by taking advantage of their inability to speak English. This foreshadows the many ethical violations that Milo will make later in the novel, all the...

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